Green fingered locals receive cash boost from Glasgow Airport
04 July 2012
Green fingered enthusiasts will soon be giving Foxbar residents the opportunity to grow their own fruit and vegetables, thanks to the support of Glasgow Airport.
Brediland Allotment Association in Foxbar, one of the oldest allotments in Scotland, was flying high after receiving over £1,000 from the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund.
The community site currently has over 50 plots occupied by residents of all ages. The airport’s much needed donation will go towards further developing the land to create new plots and buying a new poly tunnel. This will allow members to grow crops throughout the year.
Mark Johnston, head of security and terminal operations of Glasgow Airport, said: “We are committed to supporting local initiatives such as the Brediland Allotment Association. The community allotment plays an important role in bringing members of the community together and we are really happy to be able to provide the funding required to develop the site. Once finished, the extended allotment will give residents of all ages a great deal of enjoyment for years to come.”
April Shaw, chairperson for Brediland Allotment Association, said: “We would like to thank Glasgow Airport for its generous donation. With this money we have been able to finish preparing the poly tunnel and build and fill raised beds in the tunnel which are now being used by the nursery children and older plot holders to grow tomatoes, fruits and other wonderful healthy vegetables. This money has been put to good use and will allow us to develop the poly tunnel for the enjoyment of new and old members.”
Children from Carriagehill Nursery, which has two plots, recently visited the airport to collect the cheque and thank the airport for its donation.
April added: “The young children are quick to learn the whole process of gardening, from sowing the seeds to caring for the plants, right the way through to eating the produce they grow. It's a fantastic way to introduce children to the delights of growing your own food and healthy eating.”
The Glasgow Airport FlightPath fund is a community funding programme designed to ensure the communities surrounding Glasgow Airport share in the airport’s success.